Central York Fire Services (CYFS) is proud to launch its eighth annual Stay Fire Smart campaign running now until October 2. Fire crews are visiting neighbourhoods in Newmarket and Aurora throughout the summer to educate residents on the importance of having a home escape plan and to remind them that it is the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey and carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas in a home. Fire crews will travel door-to-door to talk with residents about how to best be prepared in case of an emergency, like a fire or a flood, and provide them with the option of receiving a free home inspection.
“The past two years have taught us that life is full of uncertainty and things outside of our control; when it comes to fire emergencies in our homes there are steps we can all take to better prepare ourselves and our loved ones to act when the clock is ticking,” says CYFS Fire Chief Ian Laing. “We’re grateful to be back in the community with our Stay Fire Smart public service campaign. It’s a great opportunity to put fire safety top of mind for our residents in Newmarket and Aurora to help ensure people have the tools to be proactive and prepared in case of an emergency.”
The Stay Fire Smart campaign began in the summer of 2013 with the goal of visiting every home in Newmarket and Aurora over a five-year period, which was achieved in 2017. To date, CYFS has visited 63,173 homes across both communities. Each residence in Newmarket and Aurora has been visited once and CYFS is working on the second cycle of the campaign, which was paused in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.